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27 of the best high-street buys for a calm home

Browse our edit of beautiful basics that are big on timeless style without making a huge dent in your bank balance

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Zara Home

Beautiful basics are the building blocks of any modern home. We’ve picked our favourite affordable essentials for every room, guaranteed to never go out of style. From lighting and rugs to furniture and accessories, these high street heroes will be loved for a lifetime thanks to their timeless style use of natural materials.

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1 ‘Tabitha’ media console, Urban Outfitters
tabitha sideboard by urban outfitters
Urban Outfitters

Oversized round handles and chunky legs give this mid-century-inspired oak veneer media cabinet an up-to-date look and feel. Inside, shelves provide space to house those unsightly black boxes, wires and hubs. £449, urbanoutfitters.com

2 ‘Hammered handle’ cutlery, Zara Home
zara home cutlery
Zara Home

Add a tactile quality to meal times with Zara’s subtly textured stainless steel cutlery. Its gently hammered surface, matt finish and elegant handle shape will ensure your table settings always look Instagram-ready. From £17.99 for a set of four dessert spoons, zarahome.com

3 ‘Cochato’ embroidered cushion cover, The Conran Shop
cochato embroidered cushion by the conran shop
The Conran Shop

Made by artisans in India using an intricate loop embroidery technique, the ‘Cochato’ linen and cotton cushion cover highlights the beauty of traditional craftsmanship and brings a layer of cosy texture to interiors. £95, conranshop.co.uk

4 ‘Plisse’ kettle by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi
plisse kettle michele de lucchi for alessi

Lauded Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi was inspired by the pleated fabric of fifties and sixties fashion when creating his ‘Plissé’ kitchen range, and the effect feels almost architectural. We like the white, but it also comes in grey, black and a particularly punchy red. £85.10, finnishdesignshop.com

5 ‘Ovo’ side chair by Foster + Partners, Benchmark
ovo dining chair by benchmark

Deceptively simple at first glance, Foster + Partners’ new design for Benchmark is full of clever design details that make it a future classic. A beveled edge on the seat and back and an organic wool and leather cushion make it supremely comfortable to sit on, while its stackable design means it can be stored easily when not in use.
£995, benchmarkfurniture.com

6 Oak chopping board by Forge Creative, Toast
forge creative chopping board toast

West Sussex crafters Forge Creative lend their fine furniture skills to a range of perfectly formed objects. Their characterful chopping boards are made from locally sourced oak, which is shaped into a loop at one end for hanging in the kitchen. £65, To.ast

7 ‘Poise’ extending dining table and ‘Rattan’ folding chairs, John Lewis & Partners
poise dining table by john lewis and partners
John Lewis & Partners

A hard-working design, ‘Poise’ can accommodate up to eight people thanks to the extendable panel that’s stored within the table’s frame. Made from solid oak, its splayed legs and refined lines give a subtle nod to Scandi style and create a timeless silhouette. Dining table, £999; chairs, £99 each; ceiling light, £175, all johnlewis.com

8 ‘Arcs’ candleholder and ‘Tann’ toothbrush, Hay
‘arcs’ candleholder and ‘tann’ toothbrush, hay
Klaus Langelund

It’s the totally on-trend ‘Soft Mint’ colour of these two accessories by Muller Van Severen and Andreas Engesvik for Danish brand Hay that sets them apart – part 1950s ice cream parlour chic, part contemporary scandi charm. A subtle way to brighten up an all-white room. Toothbrush, £3.36; candleholder, £29.41, connox.co.uk

9 ‘Astraeus’ table lamp, Habitat
habitat astraeus table lamp
Geoffrey Pickles

A shapely ceramic base crafted with a reactive glazes give this design a serene and sculptural feel. Its linen-look shade creates a gentle glow that’s suitable for bedrooms, living areas and hallways alike. £60, habitat.co.uk

10 ‘Anais’ carafe and ‘Manon’ wine glasses, Rowen & Wren
anais crafe by rowan and wren
Rowan & Wren

Whatever your tipple of choice, Rowen & Wren’s glassware is sure to elevate it to new highs. Handblown in Tunisia, gentle ripples render each piece unique. Carafe, £39; glasses, £11 each, rowenandwren.co.uk

11 Bath mat, H&M Home
berber bath mat hm home
H&M Home

Alluding to the style of Berber rugs, made for more than 1,000 years by the Beni Ourain tribes in Morocco, this practical take on the traditional offers a deep-pile for luxurious bathroom comfort and non-slip feet. £17.99, hm.com

12 ‘Swell’ sofa, Normann Copenhagen
best neutral homeware designs normann copenhagen sofa
jeppe sørensen

Normann Copenhagen’s ‘Swell’ collection softens minimalism’s precise angles and defined lines, opting for a softer, more squishy take on the aesthetic. Plump and playful, it’s a failsafe way to set a welcoming tone in your living space. £3,745, normann-copenhagen.com

13 ‘Enzo’ round jute rug, Made
enzo round jute rug by madecom

This circular design marries the practicality of hard-wearing jute with an artfully rustic aesthetic. The beauty of its natural look is that it suits any style of space, from sleek city pads to country cottages (and everything in-between). £79, made.com

14 ‘Waffle’ towels, Dunelm
waffle towels by dunelm

Made from 100% cotton, these towels come in a tasteful edit of soft, natural colours (‘Sage’, ‘Mushroom’ and ‘Graphite’ pictured) and offer a textural quality that belies their affordable price tag. From £6 each, dunelm.com

15 Toolbox by Arik Levy for Vitra
toolbox by arik levy for vitra
Marc Eggimann

Portable and practical, this clever caddy speaks to our world of hot desking and flexible working. Though unmistakably utilitarian, its softened edges grant the design a subtle liveability. If orange doesn’t do it for you, the evocative colour range also includes ‘Mint Green’, ‘Moss Grey’ and ‘Sea Blue’. £65, vitra.com

16 ‘Stone’ wall light, Tom Dixon
stone wall light tom dixon
Tom Dixon

Inspired by another luxurious home essential, the ‘Stone’ spice grinder by Tom Dixon, this light carved from white Morwad marble has a natural beauty that transcends trends. Added bonus: it’s IP44-rated, so can even be used in bathrooms and kitchens. £270, tomdixon.net

17 ‘Inlay’ cup and saucer by Ferm Living
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Ferm Living

Two clays are utilised for this handmade stoneware mug, which grant the design a distinctive swirling pattern. And with its spill-proof rimmed saucer – or handy croissant holder – it’s as sensible as it is stylish. £39, beut.co.uk

18 ‘Elland’ cushion, Neptune
‘elland’ cushion, neptune

Made of a blend of linen and cotton with a touch of wool, this cushion is soft to the touch with a simple, country-style design that feels classic yet contemporary. For a coherent look there is a matching throw with the same graduated three stripe pattern. £86, neptune.com

19 ‘Snooze’ bedlinen, Normann Copenhagen
snooze bedlinen normann copenhagen
jeppe sørensen

What do you do in bed? Normann Copenhagen’s playful duvet sets feature embroidered details by Sofia Bordoni which are inspired by that very theme. There’s five sets in total, from ‘Lazy Morning’, featuring coffee cups and croissants, to ‘Happy Hangover’, adorned with a Chinese takeaway. From £80, normann-copenhagen.com

20 ‘Block Stripe’ tumbler and soap dispenser, John Lewis & Partners
‘block stripe’ tumbler and soap dispenser, john lewis  partners
John Lewis & Partners

Nothing pulls together a bathroom scheme quite like matching accessories carefully displayed on a vanity or washbasin. These simple yet stylish essentials in ‘Teal’ from John Lewis & Partners make an effective and pocket-friendly set. Tumbler, £8; soap dispenser, £10, johnlewis.com

21 ‘Nomad’ pen holder by Skagerak
nomad pen holder skagerak

Our workspaces have come into sharper focus over the last 18 months, so beautiful desk supplies should surely follow. This versatile pen holder keeps it all at arms reach, while the lid doubles as a tray for paper clips and other paraphernalia. £35, pantechniconstore.com

22 Terra.Cotto casserole pot by Sambonet
terra cotto casserole pot made

Though they take their cues from traditional terracotta pots, Italian brand Sambonet’s casserole dishes are made from heat-conducting cast iron. Designed by Stefania Vasques, there are several sizes and shapes to choose from, as well as a range of vibrant colours. From £49, made.com

23 Lacquered metal basket with wheels, Zara Home
lacquered metal basket with wheels, zara home
Studio Yagüe

The perfect size for a load of laundry, this handy basket can be easily wheeled from your washing machine to the drying line. Plus, in a winningly neutral mix of white lacquered metal and linen-coloured waterproof fabric, it will suit any interior. £69.99, zarahome.com

24 Rattan mirror, Sass & Belle
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Sass & Belle

Add a little bohemian style to your home with this mirror framed by decorative loops of rattan. Pair with pastel colours and plenty of soft, comforting accessories for a craft-influenced look with a comforting quality. £20, sassandbelle.co.uk

25 Wooden servers, Zara Home
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Zara Home

The distinct handle and blunted edge of these shapely servers grants them a contemporary feel. Made from acacia wood, which has a beautiful natural grain, they should serve you well for years to come. £17.99, zarahome.com

26 ‘Waska’ bed, La Redoute
waska rattan bed by la redoute
La Redoute

This bed may combine several contemporary trends – from its use of rattan to its wraparound headboard – but it still manages to exude a timeless elegance. A great option if you want to add some affordable luxury to a more compact bedroom. £625, laredoute.co.uk

27 ‘Betty’ bar stool by Thau & Kallio for &Tradition
betty bar stool by thau and kallio for and tradition

Named for the Betty Nansen theatre in Copenhagen, this understated stool by Danish-Finnish duo Thau & Kallio combines a lacquered oak frame with a webbed seat handwoven from natural linen fibres. Smartly, there’s a stackable chair to match. £400, twentytwentyone.com

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